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Stew Meat Chili in the Instant Pot

Stew Meat Chili is a great meal on a cold day. It is hearty like a stew but in a chili. Using the instant pot makes this pretty quick dinner.

Stew meat is one of those meats that needs to be cooked a while to get it tender enough to eat. However, pressure cooking does that for us quickly. Aren’t we all thankful pressure cooking has become so easy.

How do you make stew meat tender?

Cooking stew meat low and slow like in a slow cooker will tenderize stew meat. You can also cook it in a dutch oven in the oven. My favorite way is to cook it in the instant pot. It is much faster.

Stew meat is pretty versatile. You can use it lots of different dishes. Some ideas are Beef & Broccoli, Tacos, Stroganoff, and Chile Colorado Burritos.

If you are wanting this amazing chili but you don’t have an instant pot. You can make it with ground beef and you will find that recipe as The Hardworking Husband’s Chili.

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Stew Meat Chili

Instant Pot Stew Meat Chili

Stew Meat Chili is a great meal on a cold day. It is hearty like a stew but in a chili. Using the instant pot makes this pretty quick dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Pressure Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Cooking Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 13 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 - 12 oz lager beer
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced, more if you like it spicy
  • 2 1/2 tsp adobo sauce, more if you like it spicy
  • 1 - 15 oz can diced tomato
  • 1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 - 27 oz can Bush's Pinto Chili Beans in Mild Sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Turn instant pot on saute. Brown sausage and ground beef with diced onion.
  2. Once meat is browned add garlic, stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add beer.
  4. Place lid on and pressure cook on high for 18 minutes.
  5. Slow release for 30 minutes. Then release pressure.
  6. Add chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, and season pack. Stir to combine. 
  7. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine.
  8. Cover and allow to simmer on medium heat for 10-30 minutes.
  9. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and/or sliced green pepper.
  10. Enjoy!


You can use the seasoning pack from the Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit in place of the seasonings. You won't need the masa or the cayenne packets.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 591Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 1342mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 13gSugar: 16gProtein: 41g

The nutritional information provided here is not guaranteed to be accurate and is provided for informational (and google) purposes only.

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Thursday 11th of April 2024

I see 1-lb stew meat listed in the ingredients but the instructions lists ground meat to be browned with no mention of stew meat. Is the stew meat and ground meat the same in this recipe, or are there three different meats to include the Italian sausage? Thanks


Sunday 10th of December 2023

I don't usually rate recipes, but I had to rate this one, and I must say it turned out absolutely amazing! Now one change I did make was rather than using beer, I used apple cider. It worked very well with the different flavors. I will definitely make this again! Thank you again for the recipe!

Jamie H

Tuesday 19th of December 2023

We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe!

Doug Grogin

Friday 6th of October 2023

Just bought an instant pot 13 in 1 Duo. I want to make chille with beef stewed meat,ground meat and sausage recipe with beans tomatoes and spices . What cook setting do I use on the new instant pot. I found that recipes for stewed meat need to cook longer .The sausage and ground meat needs to cook shorter. do I cook the stewed meat as one recipe states put it into a bowl and put it to the side. Then cook The ground beef and ground sausage together. . Do I use the button that says beans and chili and use that for both, join them together. Can you please help me out. Doug


Wednesday 18th of October 2023

You absolutely can use the beans and chili button for both. I have gotten to wear I just use the pressure cook button and just program it for the length of time I need.

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